Two names supposedly banned from upcoming MCU projects by Kevin Feige

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There are supposedly bans on one actor and one director from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The emergence and domination of the MCU are described in great detail in the new tell-all book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzalez, and Gavin Edwards. The book explores decades of Marvel’s on-screen history as well as the behind-the-scenes problems that have arisen with different projects, which led to Kevin Feige banning two names from the MCU. As mentioned by Dexerto in the book, Feige reportedly had everyone in MCU history on his contact list, with the exception of Joss Whedon, whose Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters remained unresolved, and Edward Norton, who played the original Bruce Banner in the series. These might not be the most surprising things. The Incredible Hulk’s behind-the-scenes issues were widely reported, since the actor had radically different visions for the film. They were able to complete the film’s filming, but Mark Ruffalo quickly replaced them in the role of Hulk for the next Marvel movies. Feige announced Norton’s leaving the post in a public statement at the time.

Feige announced, “We have decided not to bring Ed Norton back to play Bruce Banner in The Avengers.” Our choice was made mostly because we needed an actor who would bring the same inventiveness and teamwork to the role as our other outstanding cast members, not because of financial considerations. As demonstrated by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Sam Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and every member of our amazing cast, The Avengers necessitates players who thrive working as a team.” Joss Whedon and Feige are rumoured to have disagreed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Marvel television series. Since the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier were contradicted by the establishment of S.H.I.E.L.D., the book implies that Feige wasn’t satisfied with what Whedon was doing with the series. It could also be related to what Feige mentioned in the foreword to a different book with an MCU emphasis, where he suggests that the Marvel programmes prior to WandaVision are not included in the MCU’s “Sacred Timeline.” Feige wrote for Marvel Studios: The Marvel Cinematic Universe – An Official Timeline, “On the Multiverse note, we recognise that there are stories — films and series — that are canonical to Marvel but were created by different storytellers during different periods of Marvel’s history. The timeline presented in this book is specific to the MCU’s Sacred Timeline through Phase 4. However, as we proceed and delve farther into the Multiverse Saga, it is impossible to predict when timelines may suddenly collide or collapse.

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